Anchondo, H&S and Kilo 3/5 Joe was in Vietnam in 67-68
with H&S 3/5 in 81s, also as FO
with Lima Company. The left picture is Joe with friend, John Graves.
and his family are very special to Brad and I because finding him was
a priority for our India 3/5 friend, Curtis Eidson.
was looking for Joe because when they both came back to the States from
Vietnam, Joe loaned Curtis $20 to get home from San Francisco to Georgia.
For 30 years, it had been bothering Curtis that he had no way to repay
his friend. Then he got a computer, and began searching all over the
Internet, posting messages on USMC Lost & Found sites and Guestbooks,
and we took up the search with him.
a year went by with all of us searching for "Anchondo" with
no success, but we never gave up. One day, we asked our H&S friend,
Hans Haupt, to see if he could come up with any leads, and as if by
magic, Hans had Joe and his wife Barbara on the phone within just a
few hours. Hans was so excited, he made a rare phone call that night
to let us know that Curtis was in for a big surprise in the morning!
Thank you Hans, Curtis, and all the rest of you Marines who were searching
for "Anchondo" with us. And thank you, Joe, for sharing your
pictures and family with all of us. God bless, and Semper fi, Brother
Joe and daughter, Cheri
(H&S graphic by Vic Vilionis)